Sunday, May 05, 2019


A scheme to build new houses in Brigg town centre has met with some opposition.
Planning permission and listed building consent are being sought to erect four three-storey dwellings, including removal of trees and associated works, on land at the Nelthorpe Arms, 1 Bridge Street - close to the County Bridge and occupying the former beer garden of the pub which ceased trading in May 2018.
Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee, meeting in the Angel Suite three days before the election, discussed the proposal and decided to object.
The final decision will now be taken by North Lincolnshire Council - probably at a monthly meeting of its Planning Committee.
Coun Ann Eardley told Town Council colleagues that she objected to the removal of trees within the Conservation Area.
One tree was in memory of a former landlord and landlady.
She reported sightings of kingfishers in this area by members of the public and suggestions that a three-storey building would block the riverside view.
Coun Jane Kitching made reference to a report from a tree and landscape environment officer at North Lincolnshire Council about the proposed scheme.
It suggests "consideration be given to refuse the application due to presence of protected trees."
Brigg Town Council's committee decided to object to the application because of concerns about the trees and the development's affect on "the street scene."
Coun Storey said these views would be sent to North Lincolnshire Council.
A Heritage Impact Assessment submitted to the planning authority in support of this application says the site is currently a vacant area of hardstanding where a former warehouse building once stood.
It suggests the proposed works will not have a detrimental impact on the nearby listed property or the Conservation  Area - mainly as the building is detached from the listed building and on the site of an original warehouse building, in the same location.
"The proposals will enable the site to be utilised to its full benefit, offering market-affordable homes in a highly sustainable location," the heritage statement adds.
The period of public consultation set by North Lincolnshire Council for this application ended on May 2.

PICTURED: Views of the proposed development site from Bridge Street and the County Bridge.